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VOLUME XI V. PLYMOUTH, INDIANA, THURSDAY, JULY 8, 1869. NUMBER 44. f A GIUUS A GIRL FOR A' TU AT I there l.tdy in the land That leW her rank and a' that ? Wth swomfu! eye we pisn her by. And lit tit? ctre for ' that; For Natnre'i charm haH bear the palm A girl's a girl for a' that. What though her nock with gems she deck, Wi'h folly's gear and a" that. And i?ayly rifle i a p rai and pride ; We c to dispense with a th it. An honet he-irt acts no ?ach part A girl's a girl for a' that. The nobly born may proudly scorn A lowly mm nnd a' th it. A pretty f icj h i far more grae Than Ittagkt look asd a' that : A bonnie maid need no snch aid A irlVa girl for a' that. Tnen let us trmt that come It must, And sure it will for a' that. When faith an! love, all arts above, Shall reiirn mmm ani a' that. And every you h conf -ss the truth A girl's a girl for a' that. ASE MO TJIF.R. Whebs is th - x itwt pal, Tho briifh'ort hudie yet? Whose are the prettiest eyes Most loving and rao-t vita ! What form or biml mould It worth its w lght in cold I You can't im,:?ine? well. Ask mother he can tell ! ' Where is th reaateaf gleam That Mkex h life a dream v'hose are tl ro-y toe, And b'e- -d little nor-. And dimpled hatn'.s and feet. The mod- Is all complete. Which tiitnre can't excel? Ask mother she cau tell ! Who is the erandet king, Orqu en or anything That may bt great or high ? Who wandered from the sky The best of girls or hoys, To be her joy of joys? Yon ene-s -ike Baby ! well, .Ask mo1 her -:-he can tell 1 LVtlf Corjtora!. Selected JHtecellaim MY trllANDFATHERVS WATCH. L I had been les than three months in New York, and if I was not actuallv al ready in love I whs quite ready to affirm as much, if a riuinr evasion aboeM e given me. M r ovi r. with a worldly w;s- doni beyond my yars. I had suffered my young lift Unna to go nut toward no less i a pmonfll than Miss I)e Silver, the ; banker's daughtf r. Fortune and my aunt's respecabili' bad even so tar aid. d me that I felt BiyaeU at, liberty, with a little extra courage, to call on her even at her own lordly home. The determination to call was a thing by itself, hwev r, as an examination of j my wardrobe revealed the unpleasant fact : that my pros; tit Kipplies would hardly ar- j ray me in keeping with what might there bt expected. S lomon could Lave beaten rn-. entirely. S could the lilies of almost auy valley. My Blender salary as yet offered me no resources, nor would V for another month I was at my wit's end, or Iben abou's, when an idea struck me. The Chers ns were always fertile in ideas, and was not I, Richard, the heir of ail the Chersons f And had I not inherited mv giandfatherV watch f Did it not, even then, tick drow sily in its 8 wollen fob? Now this chronometer was of the an cient style; made in a day when the pre cious metals seem to have been of no ac count whatever. It was a sort of gold mine, with a time piece hid' a n away in , the heart of it. Small it may be for a : gold mine, but decidedly large for a watch. It was one of those watches which impart a air of atieee aristocracy to old gentle- ' nen with good clothes, and affected by Ihem for the same reason that the "shab by genteel" families purchase only line old f urniture. "Sell it?" No. bv no means; but I thought of Mis De Silver, and of her fa ther, and determined to employ it as a collateral : I could redeem it at any time. Some one had explained to nie the men iug of "three goULn bails together," and I forthwith sallied out that evening In search for the dangling arms of the old Lombard usurers. They were conspicuously large und Wiifht over the door to which they attract ed me, bu the musty old gentleman in a square velvet cap, who took my gold mine in his fat and dirty tinker?, did not realize my ideal of a Lombard From the ap pearance of the crowded shelves around him, however, he was clearly prepared to ' reali.'. on anything else Such a museum of incongruous c evaoditiea I hadnev-r , .a-n Ijetore. Sarely he was a social rocker, aud thee were the sp-.ils an ! vaif of innumerable human craft that .jad y fce ashore epoe the thoale of New Tfork lif Do.-cnbe tbeaef No, for lan guage ha limits to its powers, and so has even imagination I was not the first customer attended to, however, for a fair femug eirl before me was waiting ir xiouelj while " my uncle" balanced in his hand what seemed" to be a brofH-h of soiee beiuty and value. I ! Ihought that it contained a tress of dark hair ; that or -omething else of the keep- ' saae ii.'iu. " Ten do'lar ? Hot so mosh as dat Five dollar ish all." "Only five d llar ! Why, it is worth forty, and I mwt have a' least ten ! " " ' Muht' is a pig yord, my tear. I gives you but five." The girl s lace was very pale, and her ; thin lips timid with an expression almost of agony, as she sighed her final assent to ; the amount nf the proposed loan. Her j ticket was quickly made out, and I couid I note as she turned to go out wita that and the Baoeoy grasped tihtly in her lit tie hand, that for ad her paleness and her i sorrow she was indeed f iir very fair. " ilow m sh you vant on dis vatch ? " The harsh and grating voice of "my unde" did much 10 dispose of a certain th. giing sensation, as of many b ushes, with which I had panted under the g dden bnli. i thfp fore boldly replied ; 'Ab'mt a hun-?r d, T p rk n." A hundard dollar? Oo, veil, that ish nonnse. V only lends so mosh as twenty -nve. Dal nh de law, my poy. " : Bother thr law !' " So shay I ; it bodeatl me veri mosh indeed, but I dosh not ever break de law." "How shall I work it then? There must be some way." " Dare ish many vavs, hut dish concern minds de law. I dell you 1 lets you have twenty five Mi de vatch and twenty five on de chain ?" That won't make it up " " Den I takes de chain tor de twenty five, an you takes de vatch to de diamond broker 1 A f . w moments' conversation having further enlightened me as to the meaning el " my uncle " the Iombard, 1 took my ticket and my departure, leaving the chain with him, and in that, I was to a certain extent, a wiseCherson. I must have been five minutes about this business, but ias I passed under the next gas light I was startled to notice, standing with her faceunconpciously turned toward its almost ghastly radiance, the fair young ladv of the brooch, and T could distinctly hear her mutter to herself. " It mut be ten I "What shall I do ?" Youth, if you will let it alone in its good impulses, is ever inclined to benev olence, and with a sudden and reckless forgctfulness of Miss Da Silver, and of her father the banker, I turned toward the pale unknown and said, with hardly my customary ease of manner, " Here is five dollars, Miss. I saw you in the shop." There was a sudden start, and a painful flush in the pale cheek, but my voice and manner were too respectful to admit a uspicion of intentional offense, and I added, quickly, " You can pay me whenever you choose Interest, too, if you want to." " But v u are a straneer." " So I hope is old Moses What's-his-narae over there." "Ah, I -aw you there! But then, you too are poor, and I can not consent to rob you." " No ; I'm not poor. I'm only a fool, that's all. Piease take the money. I know you want it. If vou don't take it you will be a bigger fool than I am " Almost a smde struggled with the keen pain in her face, but the story of her trouble seemed fairly forced from her lips and they were pretty if they wre thin. It was nothing sensational a sick mother, slow pay for work done, rent due, hard landlord just an everyday and commonplace sort of an affair. It did not sound very commonplace, though, as she told i and well, I crushed the five dollar bill into her little hand, and ran as the Congressmen did at Manassas, forgetting teal by so doinir I destroyed all prospects of ever being repaid. I was anxious to find a broker's office, however, and my watch felt heavier without its chain than it ever did wi'h, though I must say that mv heart not only felt iit;ht but warm. A little investigation made me decide to wait until the follow ing morning, and my next attempt at the employment of collaterals was made by broad daylight, with my brain cool, and clear of everything but Miss De Silver. The office over which I found the kind of sign described by " my uncle " was emi nently respectable, and fronted on the busiest part of Broadway. It was even eletrantly furnished, and if that was any evidence of its character, nothing could have helped it better than the aristocratic air of the elegant youth who so politely greeted me as I entered. No need, cer tainly, of any qualmish feeling at having todowimsuch a gentleman as Mr. De Roos, the " Diamond broker." " Rather old-fashioned watch, but the cases are heavy. Seventy-flve dollars? Let me see !" The cases wer ba'anced for a moment daintily in his jeweled fingers, and the works scanned somewhat disdainfully. "Seventy five? Yes, I guess it will bear that. Thirty days only ? Longer if you want it. Well, all right. Nice day, isn't it ?" Entries were made in a book or two, the watch carefully deposited in a drawer, my " ticket " was made out and carefully inclosed in an envelope ; my money was counted out to me with an exceedingly pleasant sin le and bow, and my object was attained without the slightest ripple of anv thing disagreeable, unless it was the half laughing insinuation that my im pecuniosity waH the consequence of recent bacchanalian-excesses. That, however, I took in ood part, for I now felt sure of appearing in proper style at the De Silver mansion. My thoughts ran wholly on apparel, and the probable effect to be produced thereby. n I must say that when my new array did come home I locked remarkably well in it, and, of course, I put it at once in service.. Bel notwithstanding my nearer approach to Solomon or the lilies, I felt more nerv ousness on the De Silver door-step than even under the dangling balls of the " Lombard Arms." As I stood, a moment later, in the fres coed vestibule fumbling for a card, I could not help overhearing a suppressed conver sation which seemed to be going forward at the lower end of the hall. " Indeed, Miss De Silver, I would not have asked, only we do need it so very mich." Pshaw, Mis? Payne! That's always tho story. I won't be angry, though, really ; and if you will come in to-morrow I will try and have it ready for you. Of course you will throw off something for prompt payment? " "Oh, Miss De Silver!" " Well, well somebody's come, and mamma is waiting for me." I he.rd a door close, and then fr someb w I was quite slow and clumsy aoout finding that card who should come nut through the hall toward me but my fair acquaintance of the five-dollar loan f if I did not blush she did ; and righ'. be fore the astounded flunky she renched out her hand I r the bit of pasteboard which I had just discovered, say iug, in a quick, curt tone of voice. " Your card. Sir, please !" She was gone, after she got it, like a figure in a dream, and I was ushered into the drawing room, staggering under a vasvie. feeling that there were three balU on my head, or that somebody had asked me what time it was. There was certainly nothing like flattery hardly a tair appearance of apprecia tionin the manner of my reception when the bauker's heiress at last sailed into the room. I amid not help wonder ing if I should ever dare u call that state ly creature " Matilda. ' Still, I made the best of my conversational powers and was real y making some headway when, to my unutterable disniav, the sliding' glass wh:ch concealed an inner parlor was Urawn gently back in its noiseless grooves, aud the faultlessly dressed apparition of the elegant " diamond broker" came jjlid icg over the carpet to present his adieux to Miss De Silver." Certainly the color did come to my face, but the excellent young man relieved me in the kindest manner. Nothing could be more cordial or friendly than his recognition. An, you Know each other, then ?" It was the voice of Miss De Silver, and there was a tremor in it which called my attention to the fact that if I had blushed she had not on the contrary, quite the reverse. " Oh, certainly ; everybody knows Mr. Cherson. Glad to meet him. Opera to night, Miss De Silver?" ' Ah, yes. I was about " How I thanked the tact of De Roos in thus giving me an opportunity to cut my call short and find my way into the street ! I went in his company, of course ; and certainly I could not misunderstand the hearty c n-diality with which we were both invited to call again. Once in the street, however. De Roos laughed a silvery, sarcastic laugh. " I see, mv dear fellow, you understand business. Rather think you have put your foot in it, hey ?" "I should rather sy I had," said I, though not exactly comprehending how. " Confound my stupid blushes !" "I should say so ; but then there's no harm done. Her paleness was as unlucky as your color. You're a man of honor though, and you'll keep mum ?" "Mum as the grave. Do you d much of that kind of business? I shouldn't have thought it just there." My venture in this remark was a good one, for it implied infinitely more knowl edge of the world than I possessed. 8 We'v' a perfect run of uptown trade," replied Da Roes; " and they're no worse than lots of other women who?e husbands and fathers draw their purse strings a trifle close. They're fixing f r a party just now, and if the diamonds won't go far enough I guess the carriage will have to be mended?' " I don't take. Can't you do the car riages?" said L "Oh no; that's in the auctioneer line. I reckon they've never spouted anv turui ture, and mybe not the carriage. The old lady ona her jewels and furniture, etc , in her own right; only it wouldn't do to let the old man know wh .t she does, you know. Sometimes the auctioneers are awkward about leaving securities on store in the house, too, and that's bad where iL won't do to move it." " I see. How do they take their in'er est?" "Oh, only the legal, you know; but then there's commissions and a whole dic tionary of charges. Good ten to fifteen per month." " Profitable, I should say. I never knew about-that. Reckon I'm dished tlvere now, any way." " Not by no manner of means ! Safe for a perpe'ual invite as I am my seit. Couldn't abrd to make au enemy of you don't u see?" " Do you go there often ?" "Not very. This party, any how, bli the old man's away, and it's bouud to be a tip-top affair. You'll be there, of course?" "If Iget my cards in time." " Oh, no fear of that. Let's go to Del monico's." I went, and certainly d!d learn a goed deal that evening Such men as De Kooe are capital instructors, and he seemed fairly to have "taken" to me. III. My card for the grand De Silver party came quite as promptly as the diamond broker had predicted ; but before the ar rival of that auspicious occasion I received a neat little note inclosing a five dollar bill, and thanking me, in terms of most lady like and sincere gratitude, for the oppor tune benevolence which had prompted my Quixotic load. The note was signed plain ly, " Clara Payne." The circumstance t;ave me no pain whatever, but brought vividly to my memory the conversation which I had involuntarily overheard. The party was every way worthy of the efforts and sacrifices of which I was the brilliant and successful fruition. I met De Roos there, and at a certain pause in the rush and whirl of the festivi ties something prompted me to whisper him: " Not much falling off in the dia monds of the family. On my word, they look as well as the real." And he replied : " We have to be up to that, my dear fellow trick of the trade, yon know, wouldn't do to be detected." And then he whirled away ; but on a closer examination, as the stately Malilda whirled away with me in the subsequent "German," the idea became strangely fixed in my mind that the imitation w al altogether too yood, and that the diamonds worn that night by the heiress of the De Silvers were nud. It puzzled me, but i' only led me to the utterance of a remark in praise of their brilliancy, which was rewarded by a sweet smile and an increas ing pallor on the cheeks of my lovely c m panion. I called most assiduously after that, with a vague idea that any deficiencies in my wardrobe were quite likely to be over looked, and found to my unspeakable de light, that I was beginning to be received on a most confidential footing; in sh rt, quite in the character of a friend of the family. I even mot the banker hiinseif once or twice, but could not plume myself on any very marked attention from him. Meantime De R os as.ured me that the carriage had not required "mending," and that the diamonds of the fair Matilda and her duchess-like mother stood iu no im mediate danger of forfeiture As fbr myself, my employers rather liked the idea of my circulating in the " upper ten, ' and I awaited the next in stallment of my insignificant stipend with wrene indifference to anything but the fiel that it would enable me to redeem my watch if not my chain. Somehow I want orJ to be square with De R os at the ear best possible day. It was by acci deal a trifle over a m mth. sav a day or tvo, when 1 presented myself el my friend's office, money in pocket, with 'intent to retain possession of my ponderous and somewhat cherished heir loom. Who so polile as De Roos? " Oh dr, m v b y. Have a cigar ! Been up to the house lately? You seem to be making good headway there, h i? Serious intentions, eh ? All right lots of tin one of these days." Before long I explained the object of my visit, and even the imperturbable De Root changed countenance somewhat as he re plied, rapidly, "That watch? Why, I'd no idea you wanted ever to redeem. Month's up, you know. Seut him to the melting pot yes terday. Sorry, 'pon honor. Must look out for business, you know." "Month! Melting pot !" I almost shouted. " I don't know anything about a month. Here's my ticket every pawn broker in the city gives a year !" And I whipp. d out my envelope, ar.d tore from it the evidence of my property and the loan thereon. In fact I myself read it for the firat time, while De Koos responded, " Keep cool, my boy. rra not a pawn broker. I thought you understood these things. Read it through." I did; and, urely enough, it was by no mean a pawn ticket, nor was there on :t any menion of any loan on interest. It was simply an agreement to sell to me, on the day which had just expired, a watch whose number and description I knew only too well, at a price Bpeeffkd, and which was nearer ninety doQare Uia seventy-five. For a moment I was fairly tmioua, and even uttered vague threats of vengeance ; but De Roos never lost his equanimity. "Keep cool, my boy. I'm sorry, and all that sort of thing. D n't want to maku a cent out of you. 'Tisn't likely it's melted, yet; and if you really want it, I'll send down and get it back for you. Come in to-morrow at three. Now, don't get mad. Be decent and have another Havana. Thought you knew what you were about, you know." So I consented to smoke and be pacified, and tinallv went away in the full assurance that I had really Inever met a better fel low than De Roos. tho fashionable "dia mond broker." Faithfully to the hour, I was on hand the next day as the clock struck three. Having now no time-piece of my own, I had learn ed to appreciate clocks, both public and private. A lutking feelir-g of uneasiness may account fir the fact that I had not called on the De Silvers during the pre vious evening. I was promptly on hand, as I said, at the door of he elegant office of my elegant friend, the diamond broker ; but, some what to my astonishment, that door wou'd by no means yield to my repeated at tempts to open it. In short, it was locked. "Gone out for a moment," I muttered. "Well, I'll wait." I was quietly proceeding to do so. when I suddenly found myself roughly collared by somebody Ua a 5tate of excitement, while a trembling voice demanded, "You scoundrel, y;u are one of his set. I've seen you with him. Where is he I And where is Matilda?" After a moment of utter bewilderment I managed to recognize in my unlooked for assailant the parental De Silver him self the banker and stammered out a half-choked declaration of my utter ig norance. "You lie Sir! He's gone! Matilda's gone wi'h him? He's got all the money! Vou come with me to the house ! Come right along now !" Any lily of auy valley could have otter ed more resistance than I did, for I felt that I was acquiring valuable information, and I went aiong with the banker. He talked incessantly, and I speedily became aware that the money used by De Roos in his extensive transactions as a " diamond broker" had been furnished from the very respectable coffers of Matilda's father. Business had been good of late, and both loans and deposits had been quite large enough to suggest to the elegant young financier a master stroke in his own pecu liar line. Beyond doubt no amount of " interest" would now suffice to redeem that precious jewel of a daughter, and De Roos had taken care to secure her portion iu advauce. After all, he had only, in re ality, married the daughter cf his partner in business in a somewhat quiet way. I remembered about the diamonds at the party, and was now quite persuaded that, they were real. When we arrived at the house we found it in a certain degree of well-regulated confusion, and Madame, the moiher of the vanished Matilda, in a very impressive 6tate of weeping and detraction; but what interested me most was a pale face that I met in the hall. It was that of Clara Payne ; and I heard her mutter, in a voice whose half-despairing tone I well remembered : " Gone ? And I had so counted on her promise ?" It flashed upon me that another month's rest was over due. The money that should have redeemed my grandfather's watch was burning in my pocket ; and as I thrust it into her hand I said to her : " You have proved yourself good pay, Miss Payne; you won't run away with auybody. Just take that and run away out of this." This time she actually did smile in my face, but she hurried away without a word. It took some time to convince the old banker that I was not an accomplice of De Roos ; and, though he had to pay too much money on the " failure" of his sud den son-in-law ever to pardon him, he seemed to pardon me very readily when he found that I had not done anything. In fact, the shape his pardon took has been worth something to me. As for Clara Payne, I have seen her since several times. In fact, I see her every time I go home. Ilarper's Weekly. The Power of Siilkines. GnE.vr 19 the power of sulkiness. For tunately for the world, it rarely exists in its highest aud most concentrated form, for, it united to real intellectual or moral f rce, it would be a despotism so thorough as to be injurious t . the general welfare of bvmanity. But in a less and mre ignoble form it is not uncommon, and the dead weight, and steady, choking pressure which mankind endure in consequence go to make up au almost intolerable grievance There are people who have the girt of be ing sulky for an indefinite length of time, and as-ert that they act thus on principle ; but it is almost invariably found that the princip'e harmon yais with the uatute, for to tempers that are short and sweet, hot, inconsistent, or quickly placable, and any of these aie liable to be suddenly vexed for an hour or two, it is always a dif I Uy to sulk. It is a bit of acting, and not reality, even when carried out, and the assumption of it is felt to be a burden too heavy to be borne. The capacity for steady, solid, concen trated sulkiness is a mighty power to b in Who possesses it; It implies many curious and varied accomplishments and gifis, among others that of the complete mastery of the five senses. It is for a man to be blind when it is desired that he should open his eyes, dumb whenever words would be acceptable, deaf to ail allure ments or submission, insensible to every effort at conciliation. It can create gloom, and, having created it, it can perpetuate and deepen it until it becomes a clinging atmosphere as unwholesome as a malara. It comprehend an abso lute control over the tac'al muscles so that to softuss or sign of yielding, not a ripple of a smile or an ex pression of pleasure, may replace even tor a moment the sullen apathy or illu mine the habitual I cowl of the confirmed sulker. In a word, it is the faculty of simulation to such a degree that a person shall appear to bo blind, deaf, dumb, stu pid, paralyZ -d. ill, or dead, win never aud fr as long as he chooses. Mr. Helps has truly said, " Unreason always governs. Nothing prevents ynur having your own way bo much as being at all amenable to reason." And sulkiness neither gives rea sons nor listens to them The Bulky being sometimes wears a depressed, spiritless, and utterly dejected appearance, as though crushed aud heartbroken by long-continued oppression ; sometimes a heavy, dis pleased, dragging step, and a black and lowering brow are the chief signs which indicate the disturbance within, and the form of the vengeance which i9 to be taken in respect of it. The latter is the masculine type ; the former is, properly speaking, feminine. Mr. N. P. WPlis, in one of his earlier volumes, has a clever litlt tale describing the power of an " in jured look." By virtue of it a young American lady contrived to peruade a whole house full of boarders to regard her as a martyr, and to speak the worst and think the worst they could of her husband ; and all this, without utter ing one word herself, was produced solely by the "injured look." And if there is an " injured look" there is also such a thing as a " dumb devil " ; if the power of tho one is great, the provocation in duced by the latter is unutterable. It is a curious, and to some will appear an un accountable, circumstance that in sulkiness a woman is more often possessed with a dumb devil than is a man. 8ulkiness is visible even in the nursery. where it exists, so to speak, in the form of a bud ; but it is merely an outbreak of bad temper, for at that age a child has not learned the method of using it as an in strument with which to puuish his play mates. And the wisest way is to leave it entirely unnoticed, " efface " the offender, as the French say, until there is an obvious return to a more amiable disposition. But boys and girls soon learn to estimate the power of sulkiness, either by practice or endurance, and a large school is the best check on a despotism of this kind. Sulki ness is not a tyranny which can be safely exercised in society at large, and it is com monly reserved for private or home ex hibition. The smaller the circle the more concentrated its force ; in a familv, in a house, in one room, the power of sulkiness oppresses, searches, and pervades every corner of it. In love-making sulkiness is a deplorable blunder. Smile or strike, or smile and strike, too, if that seems more advisable ; but no good ever follows a sul len enmity, which chills, disconcerts, and often actually destroys love. Even that (simulated sulkiness, that toothless ven geance, which consists iu pouting cold nesss, is an experiment full of danger, and in the worst possible taste. But if between lovers it is a blunder, in married life it is simply the greatest madness of which a human being can be guilty. Tnere they are man and women yoked together like goats, and as the countryman justly observed, "that's been a trouble to more than goats," and if either of them Is endowed with the faculty of persistent sulkiness, one shudders to think of the life the other one may be made to lead. It might be reasonably urged as a cause for judicial separation, possibly even for divorce, since the practice of quietly press ing the spirit and life out of a human be ing, no matter how many years the opera tion spreads over, is not one that ought to be permitted in a Christian country : " vjb victis !" the weak go to the wall, and too often the weak are the pleasantest and most lovable of earth's creatures. Sometimes a person is seen to exhibit something which resembles and yet is not sulks. It is a silent moodiness of manner arising from a sense of failure, mortifica tion, or secret discouragement aud vexa tion.which he cannot get over all at once. It is often seen in youth, but in reality the man is struggling with his infirmity, and a kind word or a friendly overture will al most always float him over the difficulty. But genuine sulkiness is essentially pre meditated and of a forethought ; it is also vindictive, sometimes even malignant, in its nature, and if much indulged in causes the manners to bo habitually morose, and the face and person acquire a heavy, sod den appearance as of a substance too long steeped in unwholesome juices. Dragging the feet along the floor and slamming the doors of the house for weeks and months together are vulgar and ignoble but neither uncommon nor inexpressive modes of sulking. We all know of other wavs more refined, but not less disagreeable, and remember them too well. The ft8hion iu which the very few words which custom and convenience render abso lutely necessary are dropped from the lips as if they were so many leaden bul lets ; the steadfast, surprised stare that you or any one else should venture to ask such questions as shall require reply of any kind, the pertinacious coldness, th"? carefully averted glance, the steady gloom, the hand withheld, the smile uu returned, and the hardly muttered ac knowledgment of the morning or eve ning salution, who that has witnessed or endured these amenities can forget the effect of them? In fact, the severity of the pressure which a really able, discrimi nating, and obstinate sulker can bring to bear on others for indefinite space of time amounts to a tyranny, dumb, indeed, but sufficiently unholy of its kind ; neither soft coaxing nor urgent crushing can af fect it, and, though to yield is humiliating, it is well nigh hopeless to resist it. Pal Mull Gazette. A Strange Accumulation. Thomas Dick puts the hoarding of wealth in this striking way : Suppose a man could lay up a stock of clothes and provisions sufficient to last him for iJOO years, what would it avail him, since he can live at most but from 70 to loO years? Suppose he had laid up in a tore house 70,000 pairs of shoes, to what end would it serve, if he could make use, during his whole life, of only the one hundreth part of them? He would be in the same condition as a man who had a hundred dishes placed before him at din ner, but who couid only take one ; or of a person who had a hundred mansions pur chased for his residence, but who could occupy only one. How ridiculous it would appear if all that could be said of a man while he lived was simply this that his whole life was occupied in collect ing and laying up in a store house 00,000 mahogany chairs which were never in tended to be used for the furniture of apartments, or 80,000 pair" of trow sera which were never intended to Imj worn? And where is the difference, in point of rationality and utility, between such ab surd practices, and hoarding thousands ot guineas and bank notes which are never brought forth for the benefit of mankind. There is no conduct connected with the pursuits of human beings that appears more absurd and wicked than such prac tices (however common), if examined by the dictates of reason and the word of God. During the late session of the Massa chusetts L gislature there were 400 acts and 103 resolves passed, and all of them were approved by the Governor. The pay roll of the Senate amounts to $34,900, and that of the House 205 630, being at the rate of $5 per day. This does not in cluue any of the officers but those presid ing over the two branches, and the entire amount to be paid officers and members will be over a quarter of a million of dollars. Power Required to Drive a Sewing Machine. In a recent article on the "Effect of Sewing Machines upon Female Health," we madj a statement in regard to the power n quired to drive a sewing machine, estimating it as being one-tenth the p' ver of the average human frame. The iota! power of the human body was estimated at 4,100 60 foot pounds per minute, which would give f r the power required to drive average sewing machines, according to our estimate, in round numbers, 416 foot pounds per minute, or 249,600 foot-pounds per day of ten hours, equal to 132 cubic feet of water falling 30 feet. Our estimate has been criticised as being evidently too large. It was based upon some rude experiments with an impovised apparatu, with which, however, we ob tained results which assured us the amount of power we stated was sufficient ly within bounds As our estimate was questioned, we took the trouble to call upon several man ufacturers, every one of whom assured us that our statement must be nearly correct. It was, however, only at one establish ment we could fiud any positive informa tion. First, it takes on an average, one-eighth ot a horse power, furnished by steam or other motive power, to run one sewing machine; three-fourths of the power be ing lost or wasted in stoppages, in check ing the motion of the machine, in running slow and fast, etc., etc. It is from not ap preciating the great loss of power arising from the above causes that most of the motors invented for this purpose have proved failures. When the ordinary treadle motion is used, if proper adjustments are made, one thirty-second of a horse-power will do the work, or a little more than one-thousand foot-pounds per minute. This makes the average power required about one-fourth of the power of the hu man frame. But as many machines run much lighter than the average, we are assured that our estimate intended for the power required for domestic ma chines aud light sewing, is not far out of the way, and that it is certainly within bounds The figures obtained are based upon actual experiment. It is a common error to estimate the power required to drive small engines en tirely too low. We venture to say that were the generality of mechanics to esti mate without test the number of watches that could be driven by one horse power, they would be more likely to make the number double what would be correct, than to make it less. The cause for this arises from the want of a proper appreciation of the difference be tween the total power of a motor, whether auimal, man or steam engine, that can be exerted for a short time in case of an emer gency, and that which it can do continu ously. A man can run for a short space almost as fast as an average horse. Without doubt many men can run at the rate of a mile in four minutes for a short space ; but few men can accomplish four miles an hour for ten hours. An average man could probably raise, under favorable cir cumstances, twelve thousand pounds one toot high per minute for one or two, or perhaps Ave minutes, but put him at con tinuous lifting and he cannot do half that. It takes but little power to move the treadles of a sewing machine once ; but to do it one hundred times a minute, or even sixty times, is another matter ; allowing a small quantity of force only to each half stroke, a computation will show the ag gregate lor ten hours to be something con siderable. Scientific American. The Bull-Snake. The bull-snake, although it abounds upon our western prairies, is very little kuown to naturalists. It grows to a length of about ten or twelve feet, is very thick in girth, and strong and bold. It never attacks man, but haunts the neighbor hoods of the wild outlying prairie farms, the poultry kept on which in such abund ance seems to from an irresistible attrac tion to this great snake, as, indeed, poultry generally does to all other reptiles of its kind. It is terribly voracious, and, what is more rare in snakes which are not venom ous, will kill and destroy for the mere sake ot killing. A bull snake in a large hen-roost will in a night do as much mis Chief as will require three mon hs' hatch ing to repair. Once, when driving out with a friend to visit a station on the prairies a good deal west of the Mississip pi, I drove over one of these snakes in the long tangled prairie-grass, which was then more than four feet high. The shock his bulk gave almost upset the light " buck board" on which we rode. We turned at once, and saw a large, dark mass of bull snake writhing his dirty, black coils in all the agony of a mortal wound. He was evident ly quite helpless to escape or live so we jumped down, and with the butts of our whips beat wliat little life lemained out of him. Yet till the last blow he fought us with tierce hissings and at tempts to bite, and would, no doubt, have made a serious resistance had he not been so injured to start with. His length was nearly eleven feet, and lm jaws, or rather mouth, contained four rows of teeth, all small, but all intensely sharp-pointed, and crooked, aud curved back wards. None of these, of course, were venomous ; but the wound they would inflict would be very severe from the multitude of small, deep lacerations. The jaws were exceedingly powerful ; but there was nothing what ever in the creature's stomach but the re mains of a praire hen, which had evident ly been eaten some days before. SerfWits and Venomous Smike. A kkw days ago a horse in Thorn b try Townsnip, Chester County, Pa., was sei, d with hydrophobia. The animal had been confined iu a field, but by some meaus got out of the inclosure into the public road. It attacked a team that was engaged iu hauling stone to the railroad. The driver of the team succeded in driv ing oil tne mad animal, and it is not be lieved that it injured either of the horses attached to the team. When the fit was off, the poor brute would become very weak stagger, and fall. When the spasms ret urned, it would again rise and attack everything in its way. Several persons were chased on to the tavern porch, and one individual narrowly es caped being bitten. Iu its rage to bite, its own tongue was nearly bitten off. The animal was finally secured in a lot, where he died during the night, in great agony. A yocnostkh in Quebec tried to crawl down the chimney and surprise the family by emerging from the fireplace, but got wedged in at the bend of the tine, and had I to be dug out with picks. FACTS AMD FIG LIKES. Two wealthy Boston girls have recent ly married English Lords. Nearly one half of the type setting oe the Paris literary papers s done bf wo men Ckspedes, the chief of the Cuban in surgents, was a student at Middletown, Conn., in 1857. Czar Alexander has in vited Napoleon to the Russian International Exhibition next year. A über, now nearly 90 years old. is about composing an opera called " A Dream of Love." Boot and shoe making is a great busi ness in Philadelphia amounting to five millions a year. At a recent wedding in New York, among the bridal gifts erai a bottle of brandy corked and sealed in 1772. Over seventy thousand peop'e visited the French exhibition of pictures on the opening day of this year. The Japanese, in bringing living plaj to this ountry, wra the roots in a mix ture of earth and carrots ground togethf r. English house sparrows have been im ported into Buffalo. One gentleman re ceived sixteen pair a few days ago. Shelburne Falls, Vt, has a citizen who claims to be the "champion hoi swapper." He is 40 years of age, and has traded horses over G00 times. Of the 10,027,3-30 furs sold in St. Peters burg last yer. ab ut 0 000,000 were froru Siberia and 186,500 from Alaska. The value of these furs was about :l 4S9 .37.1 iu gold. Parepa Rosa's voice is thus deeerfbe 1 by a misguided Boston critic : u Five hu i d.ed feet long, three hundred feet wid.-, and as high as the Coliseum." A uelle of Agra, India, is in full dn when swathed in two shawls, with .10 bracelets, 14 pairs of earrings, seven neck laces, one nose peudant, and a seal rin on each thumb. A London photographer, who has pho tographed nearly all tüe royal family of England, has b-en paid nearly i':lo,000 for cartes de visite of its various mem bers. A to uno gent of high standing in Washington recently attempted suicide because a young lady, who went with hi in to a picnic, left nim to return with another fellow. The Philadelphia Post says " the report that Madame Parepa Bosa's voice so filled the Boston Coliseum that the audi euce had to go out to make room for it, is incorrect.'' A youno Welchman, jilted by the girl of his choice, has sent in to her a bill for damages, in which perhaps '.he most cruel item is, "To 12 days lost in your compa ny, 4 7s 6J." The new City Directory of Buffalo con tains about 30,000 names. The Courwr multiplies this number by five, and claims that the product represents very nearly the population of the city. The children at the royal court of Prus sia are never permitted to eat sugar-plums, bonbons, or any indigestible food, and the servants are especially forbidden to let them huve any wine or beer. Princess Kazlowsky, of Moscow, whose father lost all his fortune, declined the aid of her friends, and now keeps a cigar store, by which she earns enough to support hersel'and father. In Schem's Ecclesiastical Almanac for 1863, the total number of members in evangelical denomi mtions in this country is placed at 4,904.920, in a population of not less than 35,000,000, or one in seven. Mr. Thomas Savers, son of the pugilist, has come out as a comic vocalist, and ap pears at the music halls " wearing the cos tume in which his father fought the mem orable battle of Farnborough." Somk indication of the number of per sons who for some cause have left White Pine, is afforded by the fact that there were recently four thousand letters re maining uncalled for in Wells, Fargo & Co. 's office in Treasure City. The revolution in the island of Crete, from August, 186(5, to March, 1869, a period of two years and seven monilis, has, it is reported, cost the Turkish Gov ernment 25,000,00 in money and 30,000 soldiers. A chap, who replied to an advertise ment offering an article of irreat use to those contemplating marriage, 14 price 30 cents, or four for ft," received for his three dimes, a pocket handkerchief of the coarsct material, worth about six cents. At a bull-fight in Nismes, Spain, a few weeks ago, the picadors appeared mounted on voloci pedes instead of horses, and dis played such skill in the minagement of their iron steeds that the astoundei bull was unable to dismount a single one of them. Philadel. hia is particularly happy in its detective force. One of the papers says that there is scarcely a proiessional thief in the city. The chief detective " has made the air so insalubrious to them that the whole parly have left in disgust." At a recent elec;ion in Boston, L'.'. Harrison offered to vote. Being told that she could not, as she was not on the list, she declared that she had a right to vote, all regulations to the contrary notwith standing, deposited her ballot on the box, and departed. English artists take the rejection of their pictures very much to heart, and one worthy coroner asserts that he has held several inquests upon artisLs who had been killed by sheer anxiety on the subject before the decision ot the hangiug committee was made kuown. Both Houses of the New Hampshire Legislature have passed a bill making it unlawful for first cousins to marry. How ever, in order pot to lead to any breach of promises already existimr, the Legislature very considerately provided that the act should not take t fleet till six months afu r its passage. In the city of Cincinnati, according to the City Directory, there are seventy dour houses of worship belonging to the Pro testant Evangelical denominations. Their average capacity does not exceed 500 sit tinira. The average attendance is If than 400, so that the attendance in all these churches is never more than 30,000, in a population of 240.000, or one in eight. In the Third Street Baptist Church, of Troy, N. Y., a few das ago, as the Rev. Dr. Bridgeman, of Albany, was passing down the aisle, he stooped forward to speak to a friend who was sitting in a pew, when one of the sharp whalebone points of an umbrella, in the hands of a person standing near, was accidentally thrust up his nose, and with such force that a sm ill artery was severed, producing violent hemorrhage. The shock was so painlul that Dr. Bridgeman fell in a swoon. i